FPM leader Michel Aoun is seen in Rabieh, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)
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A tense, bitter stalemate has taken shape in Lebanon over the fate of the Energy Ministry portfolio in the next Cabinet, thanks to the Free Patriotic Movement's stubborn insistence that the job represents a "guarantee for Christians".Aoun's allies have tired of his antics, and are probably offended by his blatantly sectarian grandstanding, along the lines of only he can protect Lebanon's poor Christians.First, portfolios have never been reserved ad infinitum for a single sect or party.
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